How do I detach a database?
Similarly, what does it mean to detach a database?
Detaching a database removes it from the instance of SQL Server but leaves the database intact within its data files and transaction log files. These files can then be used to attach the database to any instance of SQL Server, including the server from which the database was detached.
Additionally, what is the difference between dropping a database and taking a database offline? The difference is that detach deletes database metadata from SQL Server i.e. database file information, status information and all the other details that we see in sys. databases view. On the other hand taking database offline retains database metadata in SQL server system views.
Subsequently, one may also ask, how do I detach and attach a SQL database?
Using SQL management studio: Right click the database name->tasks->detach and click OK on the database detach window. 3. Right click databases->attach->add and point to the mdf file. It will automatically take the ldf file to the attach databases window.
How do you attach a database?
To Attach a Database
- In the Attach Databases dialog box, to specify the database to be attached, click Add; and in the Locate Database Files dialog box, select the disk drive where the database resides and expand the directory tree to find and select the .mdf file of the database; for example:
- Databases to attach.